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Heavens above

Scholars still do not know how the document came to be deposited in the Perne Library at Peterhouse, Cambridge, in the 15th century, but the astronomical instrument it describes has been brought to...

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NICE approves MS drug developed by University of Cambridge researchers

The approval has been welcomed by the Cambridge researchers whose work, which started in 1991, led to today’s announcement, and by the MS Society. Professor Alastair Compston, Professor of Neurology...

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Cod bones reveal 13th-century origin of London’s global fish trade

London’s international fish trade can be traced back 800 years to the medieval period, according to new research published today in the journal Antiquity. The research, led by archaeologists from...

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Buddha and the book

Buddha’s Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond puts on display for the first time the museum's astonishing Buddhist artefacts and brings together collections and research from MAA, the Sedgwick...

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Creatures of habit: disorders of compulsivity share common pattern and brain...

In a study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry and primarily funded by the Wellcome Trust, researchers show that people who are affected by disorders of compulsivity have lower grey matter...

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Scientists use 3D scans to uncover the truth about Richard III’s spinal...

Historical and literary references to the physical deformities of Richard III, who ruled England from 1483-1485, are well-known, but debate has raged for centuries over the extent to which these...

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Nanotechnology takes on diabetes

A low-cost, reusable sensor which uses nanotechnology to screen for and monitor diabetes and other conditions, has been developed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of...

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Unfolding the untold stories of an object d’art

Research by Cambridge University art historian, Dr Meredith Hale, published in the June edition of the Burlington Magazine, reveals how this unique piece of interior design embodies the merging of...

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Advanced materials: one of the UK's “eight great technologies” for future growth

Everything is made of something, yet, during the past century, the scientific and technological importance of materials has not been widely appreciated. Indeed, even though historical materials...

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Children with autism have elevated levels of steroid hormones in the womb

The team of researchers, led by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen and Dr Michael Lombardo in Cambridge and Professor Bent Nørgaard-Pedersen in Denmark, utilized approximately 19,500 amniotic fluid samples...

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Better building through design

The construction industry, which uses half of the 1.5 billion tonnes of steel produced each year, could drastically reduce its carbon footprint by optimising the design of new buildings. Smart design...

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First Arts Award week for young people in care "an entire success"

ReaThe Arts Award week was made possible by a unique partnership between the University of Cambridge’s Realise project for young people in care, the University of Cambridge Museums, and Cambridgeshire...

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Body builders

It may not look like much to the naked eye, but collagen is remarkably strong. The most abundant protein in the animal kingdom, it gives strength and structure to skin, tendons, ligaments, smooth...

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Whale tale: a Dutch seascape and its lost Leviathan

In 1873 the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, was given a number of Dutch landscape paintings by a benefactor called Richard Kerrich. Among these works of art was a beach scene painted by the artist...

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‘Extreme sleepover #13’ – the wet-nursing meerkats of the Kalahari

I never thought I would be quizzing people over a radio about the sandiness of nipples. Then again, I never foresaw that for many months my days would start with a bump, lurching over sand dunes in a...

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Nanomaterials Up Close: Salt baskets

"These baskets are just ordinary salt, dried from droplets of salt water. As the perfectly spherical water droplets dry out, the salt crystallises quickly from the outside, each crystal straining...

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New EU reforms fail European wildlife

Latest reforms of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) have been declared significantly “greener” by the Members of the European Parliament, following promises to make the environment and climate...

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D-Day’s ‘forgotten man’

Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay was part of General Eisenhower’s inner circle during the months and years of top secret planning that led to the Allied invasion, launched on June 6, 1944. Ramsay was in...

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What William Courten bought on 9 June 1698: 1 young Pelican, 2 Land Tortoises...

On 9 June 1689 a man in his late 40s named William Courten bought the following items from Mrs Alley in Upper Shadwell (East London): 1 sea fowle, 1 cap of seafowles skin, 1 young Pelican, 1 Large...

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The making of a smart tunnel

Twenty-five metres beneath central London is the world’s first ‘smart tunnel’, where ground-breaking new sensing technologies are providing massive amounts of information about the UK’s ageing...

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